Academic Culture

Town Hall Meeting

Since I work with 3 large cohorts of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students (100+ students in each cohort) my colleagues and I developed a Town Hall Meeting for the beginning of the year to explain our Rules, Routines, Procedures, and Consequences to the entire cohort at once. Having all of my students on the same system has provided tremendous consistency and stability and created a solid community foundation. Town Hall Meeting is a place where students not only hear the expectations but are encouraged to ask questions or make comments to the entire community. Delivering this presentation once to the entire cohort helps to set the culture in an efficient way. 

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Teacher In Action
 
 
Lesson Plan
 
 
This is the Town Hall presentation that my colleagues and I use to lay the foundation of who we are as a learning community, what we believe in, and how we want our class and school to operate so that students have the best learning experience. This presentation is a collaboration of many colleagues and has been tweaked and improved many times over the course of several years.
Lesson Plan
 
 
This lesson plan guides my presentation of this Town Hall Meeting.
Teacher In Action
 
 
Lesson Plan
 
 
This is the Town Hall presentation that my colleagues and I use to lay the foundation of who we are as a learning community, what we believe in, and how we want our class and school to operate so that students have the best learning experience. This presentation is a collaboration of many colleagues and has been tweaked and improved many times over the course of several years.
Lesson Plan
 
 
This lesson plan guides my presentation of this Town Hall Meeting.
Aaron Kaswell
Middle School 88 Peter Rouget
Brooklyn, NY


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Long
Subject:
Math
Grade:
Seventh grade
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Routines and Procedures
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Instructional Openings
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TOAST

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